Spanish police have arrested an alleged runaway drug dealer “extremely slippery” after staking the first Holy Communion holiday he was attending and using a drone to track him down as he tried to escape through an orange grove.
The man, designated by the initials DJCM, had been on the run since last July, when police dismantled a large drug gang, arresting 30 people and seizing more than 5 tons of hashish, 2 kg of cocaine, dozens of cars, a Kalashnikov assault rifle and over 100,000 €.
According to a statement from the Guardia Civil, DJCM was responsible for the logistics infrastructure of the gang.
“Since then, this extremely slippery individual has lived between different Andalusian provinces in order to avoid being arrested,” the statement said.
But his luck ran out last Saturday, when the Guardia Civil learned that his relatives were organizing a first communion party in a restaurant in La Algaba, near Seville.
Believing he might show up, police raided the area, surrounding the restaurant and covering possible escape routes.
“Dressed in plain clothes so as not to interfere with the celebration of the family, the police entered to make the arrest,” the statement said.
“But as soon as he saw them approaching, he climbed over a high fence and fled into the countryside. After a brief chase involving a drone and officers chasing him on foot, the man was arrested.
In recent weeks, police and customs officials have seized more than 12 tonnes of hashish from gangs in southern Spain. Officers confiscated 7.1 tonnes from a reused tugboat off Campo de Gibraltar, and another 5 tonnes during a coordinated operation in Cadiz, Almería and Malaga. This latest raid also brought in € 200,000 in cash as well as jewelry and a large amount of electronic and computer equipment.